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From: TSS ()
Subject: O.I.E. Global Animal Health Initiative: The Way Backward
Date: October 23, 2007 at 8:17 am PST

Global Animal Health Initiative: The Way Forward
Conference co-organised by the World Bank and the World Organisation for Animal health (OIE) in collaboration with the Food and agriculture Organisation (FAO) of the United Nations

Press Release

The World Bank and the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) co-organised a Conference on “Global Animal Health Initiative: the Way Forward” in collaboration with the FAO at the World Bank Headquarters in Washington DC (USA), October 9, 10 and 11 2007.

“Quite apart from avian influenza, emerging animal diseases, three quarters of which are zoonotic, are set to become more and more part of the world landscape. In response to these major health risks, the international community will be required to take an increasingly active long-term role in a global system of animal disease prevention and control. As a first step toward this ambitious objective, the World Bank is supporting the OIE through a Development Grant Facility” Dr. François Le Gall, World Bank.

The specific objective of this World Bank Grant is to contribute to (i) the awareness at national and international levels on the importance of these animal diseases of global importance and the Global Public Good nature of their prevention and control, (ii) the continuing strengthening of the collaboration between public health and animal health key players as well as with the private sector, (iii) the enhancement of national capacity with the improvement of the quality of their Veterinary Services, and (iv) the leveraging of funds toward these specific objectives

This conference allowed worldwide renowned specialists of animal and public health, as well as economists and experts in development to recommend new directions to face emerging threats linked with the increased movement of pathogens of animal origin caused by today’s globalized markets and climatic changes with dramatic socio-economic and public health consequences worldwide.

"The first objective of the Conference was to share knowledge on the progress made on this important collaboration, in particular on the economic and governance agenda” Dr. François Le Gall.

123 participants coming from international and regional organizations, representatives of governments of developing and developed countries from the five continents, and the private sector, stressed the importance and urgency of improving the governance and infrastructure worldwide in the field of veterinary zoonoses and animal diseases prevention and control mechanisms, as well as private-public partnership in the implementation of specific programs directed to animal health.

“Healthy animals are crucial for the future of human race” said Dr. David Nabarro, United Nation System Influenza Coordinator, who attended the conference.

The participants reiterated the Global Public Good nature of improved governance in the prevention and control of animal diseases of global importance and highlighted the fact that the cost of prevention of these diseases through appropriate surveillance networks by farmers and veterinarians was extremely low compared to the cost of crisis.

“Some of these diseases only affect livestock, which can be catastrophic enough – just look at the recent outbreak of foot and mouth disease in the UK . Other diseases—the zoonoses—transmit to humans and have led the international community to recognize that the control of these diseases is a global public good ” Kathy Sierra, Vice President, Sustainable Development, World Bank.

“The costs of preventing major animal diseases are significantly less than those associated with outbreaks and the benefit/cost ratio of investing in prevention and control is high; e vidence from the literature analysis as well as the results of the study extrapolations in the specific case of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza, overwhelmingly suggests that these major diseases, including non-contagious animal diseases, have the potential to lead to substantial and widespread consequences, especially in today’s globalized markets; in particular, their impacts have implications in terms of public health, food security, poverty alleviation, sustainable economic development and social equity and stability ” (Extract from one of the three studies conducted by OIE and validated during the Conference).

They also recommended to evaluate the compliance of all countries worldwide with the OIE international standards of quality of veterinary services using the OIE PVS tool (evaluation of the performance of the veterinary services) and to increase capacity building programs when necessary, because “only one country which does not comply may endanger the entire planet” Dr. Bernard Vallat, Director General of OIE.

“Despite progress, the current state of Veterinary Services and preparedness levels in developing and in transition countries continues to pose a real and present threat to the prevention and controls of these major diseases” (Extract from OIE studies).

The need to fund gap analysis and to develop lobbying activities to promote investments to support the veterinary services compliance with international standards was confirmed by the Conference.

“The private sector is dedicated to promote good governance of veterinary services as a prerequisite for further investments” Dr. Will Hueston, Coordinator of the Safe Supply of Affordable Food Everywhere (SSAFE) initiative, which represents a worldwide partnership between global food system companies, international NGOs, intergovernmental organizations and academia.

Finally, the Conference stressed the importance of adequate funding for emergencies involving Animal Epizootics and Zoonoses in developing and in countries in transition , which would be able to support all the needs for prevention and management of potential sanitary crisis linked to animal diseases including those transmissible to humans.

“There is a need for a global risk-management instrument to finance emergency response in developing countries and provide incentives for prevention at all levels” (Extract from OIE studies).

Options for such financing would be further explored with the guidance of World Bank, OIE, FAO and developing countries representatives.

“The availability of emergency financing is needed to prevent for every crisis recently occurred such as “Mad cow” (BSE), foot and mouth disease (FMD) and avian influenza (AI) by combating immediately the source of the problems as soon as they would appear” Dr. Bernard Vallat.

“We have to look beyond avian influenza and make sure we are prepared for the next inevitable zoonosis. We must be prepared as a global system to combat these threats to human and animal health, the environment, and the global economy, particularly in the poorest countries” said Kathy Sierra, Vice-President, Sustainable Development, World Bank.

Updated 23-Oct-2007


almost every country that went by there mad cow guidelines, all went down with BSE due to the minute amount of test to find the disease and there cowtailing to the cattle industry. the BSE MRR classifications of the OIE are only as good as the data given to them. and the USDA et al don't even report Nor-98 scrapie cases to them, now documented at 5 in the USA. they don't even speak much of the H-type atypical BSE cases in Alabama and Texas, or the fact the USA is still feeding cows to cows i.e. SRMs. all in all, it's a failed policy, from a failed organization. like i said before ;

OIE should hang up their jock strap if they are going
to buckle every time this or that country wants to twist
facts and make polictical hay. if they aren't going to be
science based they should just dissolve their organization.

Date: February 28, 2007 at 7:57 am PST



(Adopted by the International Committee of the OIE on 23 May 2006)

11. Information published by the OIE is derived from appropriate declarations made by the official Veterinary Services of Member Countries.The OIE is not responsible for inaccurate publication of country disease status based on inaccurate information or changes in epidemiological status or other significant events that were not promptly reported to then Central Bureau............

SO, the OIE BSE MRR status, is based on whatever information and data the given BSE countries give them to go by.

LIKE i have stated time and time again, OIE BSE MRR policy is bought and paid for by your local cattle dealer.

THE BSE MRR policy is nothing more than a legal tool to trade TSE globally.

I urge that the BSE MRR policy be repealed, and the BSE GBR risk assessments be upgraded to include all strains of TSE,
including the USA H-BASE, but to even go further, and include all TSE in ALL species. ...TSS

don't believe me, then see for yourself.


PLEASE NOTE IN USA CJD UPDATE AS AT JUNE 2007, please note steady increase

1 Acquired in the United Kingdom; 2 Acquired in Saudi Arabia; 3 Includes 17
inconclusive and 9 pending (1 from 2006, 8
from 2007); 4 Includes 17 non-vCJD type unknown (2 from 1996, 2 from 1997, 1
from 2001, 1 from 2003, 4 from 2004, 3
from 2005, 4 from 2006) and 36 type pending (2 from 2005, 8 from 2006, ***
26 from 2007)


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